Drag queen story time library event sparks controversy

The Lansdale Public Library is being inundated with phone calls and complaints over this Saturday's story time reading program.

In a first of its kind event, the library is set to host "Drag Queen Story Fun Time With Annie."

Library director Tom Meyer pointed out that the library's "Bill of Rights" indicates that if a meeting room is available to the public, it is available to everyone.

"I can not say no to this, and I do not want to," said Meyer.

Annie Christ submitted a request for the event back in November, and he passed all necessary background checks.

"It's okay to be a little different," said Christ. "It's okay to talk about your feelings and how you feel as long as you are a good person on the inside and good to others."

Local evangelist, Steve Piotrowski, is completely against the drag queen story time. He thinks the event should be canceled.

"We do not hate Mr. Annie Christ. We love him," said Piotrowski. "We are just concerned about the material and the whole message of a drag queen speaking to young children."

Piotrowski pointed out that the name Annie Christ can be easily be interpreted as a play on "anti-Christ," but Annie says that is not the case.

"I am not anti-Christ, it is just a drag name to go with my spooky character," said Christ.

While some have looked at the event with raised eyebrows, other parents look forward to taking their kids to the stroy time.

"I kind of look for books like that," said Anisa Chaudhary. "Totally different books where the characters are different and they read about it and accept people, so I have no problem with it."

Protestors and anti-protestors are expected on Saturday morning, along with families and their children who just want to have a fun story time.